Commonwealth Fraud

The Commonwealth Criminal Code deals with various matters in relation to Fraud/Deception of the Commonwealth (Government) monies/properties for example;

  • Section.134.1(1) Criminal Code 1995 (Cth) makes it a criminal offence to dishonestly obtain Commonwealth property; and
  • Section 234.2(1) Criminal Code 1995 (Cth) makes it a criminal offence to obtain financial advantage by deception; and
  • Section.135.4(3) Criminal Code 1995 (Cth) makes it a criminal offence to dishonestly cause a loss to the Commonwealth.

Some examples of Commonwealth Fraud/Deception are:

  • Obtaining money from Centrelink dishonestly (by not telling them your true living/family circumstances and/or employment income); or
  • Accessing and obtaining a Commonwealth Grant when you know you do not qualify for it and have been dishonest in your application for one.


Maximum/Possible Penalties

Fraud/Deception of the Commonwealth can be punished with a prison sentence of up to 2 years (if heard in the Local Court) or up to 10 years (If heard in the District Court).

Please note these penalties are reserved for the worst kind of offending and are unlikely to be what you would receive.

In NSW, a court can impose any of the following penalties for a Tax Fraud charge.

  • Full time Imprisonment
  • Intensive Corrections Order (ICO)
  • Community Correction Order (CCO)
  • Conditional release Order (CRO) (ie: bond)



Since Fraud/Deception is a criminal offence, the burden of proof lies on the Prosecution.

The prosecution must prove:

  • That you have obtained that advantage/money by "deception"/dishonesty; and
  • That the person from whom the financial advantage has been obtained is a Commonwealth Entity/Agency.



For Fraud/Deception of the Commonwealth, Rep-Revive Criminal Lawyers® offers the following options:

1.     We initiate negotiation with prosecutors (police) (a term referred to as “plea negotiations”) and plead to withdrawal or downgrade of the charge or alternatively, seek amendments to the police fact sheets or documents.

2.     At the hearing/trial, Rep-Revive Criminal Lawyers® shall if you so instruct Plead Not Guilty and drive the argument based on prosecution’s inability to prove the elements of their accusation.

3.     Alternatively, Rep-Revive Criminal Lawyers® may plead guilty on your instructions however, the hearing shall revolve around the facts with an objective to obtain a moderate or minimum punishment.

4.     Lastly, Rep-Revive Criminal Lawyers® on your instructions enter a plea of guilt where you accept all the charges pressed by the police, but we present a case so solid on your behalf, with an objective to persuade and convince the Court to not record a criminal conviction against you.

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There are several reasons to engage Rep-Revive Criminal Lawyers®:

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Rep-Revive Criminal Lawyers® are adept in all forms of advocacy and will present your case in the most skilful manner in Court. 

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Irrespective of your decision in deciding the course of the case, you will be supported and guided by Rep-Revive Criminal Lawyers® who have been in the provision of legal service for over 21 years. 

If you are caught up in this charge our team at Rep-Revive Criminal Lawyers® are best suited for representing your case.

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